The Majestic: Melanin Goddess Khoudia Diop
Since then, the gorgeous (and extremely passionate; she truly cares about making the world a better place) Senegalese model has been making the beauty rounds.
We were thrilled to be able to chat with this rising icon.
When did you first realize that you had "made it" as a model? How did it feel?
I would say working with The Colored Girl really helped to skyrocket my career. The founders, Victory Jones & Tori Elizabeth, actually scouted me on social media and we’ve been working very closely together ever since.
Initially, I felt really compelled and aligned with their movement because I wanted to be part of something positive, creative and uplifting to black women and express myself by doing what I love while also inspiring other young girls. Now, I just look at every experience and every project I am fortunate to work on as an opportunity for growth.
I have worked on a lot of great beauty and awareness campaigns and also had the opportunity to work with and meet amazing people. Meeting so many different kinds of people and learning from them is probably one of my favorite things about the business.
You are quite a jet-setter, it seems! Do you have any travel-related beauty secrets?
It is a big must to always make sure to cleanse my face properly. I wash my face with fresh water and moisturize it with either coconut oil or karité.
Which beauty brands are you just obsessed with?
I am all about brands that carry great moisturizers and oils and I will absolutely not leave my house without my mascara!
You are an outspoken advocate for anti-bullying and self-love causes. Were there any specific incidents that fueled your passion for these arenas?
There were so many different incidents from name calling and shaming around the darkness of my skin. They would call me midnight, mother of stars, darkness, darky, too black… It was horrible and mean but eventually I learned that they didn’t love themselves and that the bullying came from their own insecurities.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I hope my legacy could be to live a life where I make it my goal to spread love, awareness around all forms of beauty and to continue to celebrate and empower women of color.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The message I like to always leave others with is: Learn yourself, love yourself, celebrate yourself and to try your best to stay positive especially during difficult times.
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